This wine gets the royal treatment despite its modest price: fermentation in new French oak, sur lie aging and a final blending of only the best barrels. It is everything a Columbia valley Chardonnay can be, forward and fruity, bursting with crisp green apples and buttery pie crust flavors. Delicious right now, but another year or two will take the edges off.
Paul Gregutt is a Contributing Editor for Wine Enthusiast magazine, a founding member of the magazine’s Tasting Panel, and reviews the wines of Oregon and Canada. The author of the critically-acclaimed Washington Wines & Wineries—The Essential Guide, he consulted on the Pacific Northwest entries in current versions of The World Atlas of Wine and The Oxford Companion to Wine.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.